Another week of NBC's This Is Us, another face covered in tears. The Tuesday, November 15, episode of everyone’s favorite feelings-filled TV drama brought Us tears, a deeper look into Kevin and Randall’s relationship and the tragic powdered mini-doughnut that tipped Kate off the clean-eating wagon. Watch the biggest moments in the video above, and read on for our recap!
Here are seven moments that had Us reaching for the tissue box and ruining our makeup.
Toby Loses 8 Pounds
The episode started off with a momentous weigh-in at the weight-loss group that Kate (Chrissy Metz) and Toby (Chris Sullivan) attend. Kate grimaced at only losing 1.25 pounds but immediately felt joy for her beau when he discovered he lost 8 pounds. Toby didn’t want to celebrate at first, but then finally agreed it was a pretty big accomplishment. A couple that loses together … wins together! Wow, someone should put that on a coffee mug.
Beth Opens Up to William About Her Dad’s Cancer
The tears came raining down when Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) bonded while Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) were out to dinner. “You know, my dad had cancer — lung,” Beth revealed. We wanted to hug them both. Beth suggested, “Weed helped with the appetite … bake us up some special brownies?” When William replied, “I like that plan,” we jumped for joy. Whatever works to help people bond.
Jack Forgets to Kiss Rebecca Goodbye
Back in the '80s, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) was too preoccupied with his work ventures to give Rebecca (Mandy Moore) his undivided attention in the morning. Jack went to work with Miguel (Jon Huertas) and lamented, “I forgot to kiss her goodbye this morning. First time in 18 years.” Our hearts broke because as the audience we know Jack will eventually die, and Miguel will at some point marry Rebecca — but we still don’t know how or why! Oh, the anxiety! In the following scene, we got to see Rebecca as she dashed off to her big singing audition. Moore’s pipes never cease to amaze Us and bring a little tear to our eye.
When Kate couldn’t get ahold of Toby after their meeting, she decided to show up at his door unannounced. Toby mumbled something about having been “busy” as Kate walked in the door to see a total binge-eating disaster zone. Trying to explain away the pizza box and sleeve of cookies, Toby said, “It’s the maid’s day off.” When Kate asked, “You binged?” Toby replied, “I’m done dieting, Kate.” This clearly crushed her.
By the end of this scene, we were heaving with tears when Kate said, “I don’t know how this is gonna work.” No! If Toby and Kate can’t make it, no one can! Later in the episode, Kate, who struggled with Toby’s decision to eat poorly, couldn’t hold it back anymore. She stopped at a gas station and sunk her teeth into a powdered doughnut. We cried, we craved a doughnut, we cried some more.
Kevin and Randall Fight in Front of Seth Meyers
Throughout the episode, we got a glimpse into the tense and fraught relationship between Randall and Kevin. Starting back when they were kids, Kevin moved into the basement to get away from sharing a room with his brother. A teenage Randall lamented to his sister, Kate, “Why does he hate me so much?” When Randall came downstairs to give his brother, Kevin, a glass of milk, Kevin said, “I came down here to get away from you.… You’re deaf. I said get out.” Kevin, no! He’s a typical '80s teen bully!
After seeing the boys get into a huge physical brawl on the high school football field, we got to see them having a similar fight in the present day after Kevin realized Randall had never seen an episode of The Manny. In a bizarre moment, Seth Meyers showed up, playing himself, and asked, “Kevin, you want me to call someone?” The brothers finally made up when Randall admitted that their mom took his side more often than not. Randall also noted that that was the first time Kevin had ever called him his brother. They hugged it out. The tears! The brotherly love! The late-night talk show host!
Beth Finds Out About Rebecca and William
And of course, it wouldn’t be an episode of This Is Us without a shocking reveal at the end, would it? After bonding with William while high on pot, William accidentally let it slip that he gave Rebecca a book of poems for Randall when he was a baby. When Beth said, "You better talk," we knew he was in trouble. William begged Beth not to tell Randall, saying, "The closeness he has with his mom, you tell him this and it would destroy him." She decided to take matters into her own hands and call Rebecca herself.
Randall and Kevin Bond
The episode wrapped up with Randall and Kevin hanging out in the basement and watching an old episode of The Manny. Brotherly love is alive and well in the This Is Us universe … and so are our tears. Can we borrow someone’s tissues? We're fresh out.
Tell Us: Why do you think Rebecca kept William a secret from Randall his whole life? And will we ever find out why she chose to marry Miguel, of all people?
This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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